Bo Derek, the 1970s icon of the movie ’10’ opened up about aging, plastic surgery, her marriage to the late John Derek, her movie career and how she herself took control over her image and more in a rare and wide-ranging television interview.
The 58-year-old actress has a place in cinematic history, forever enshrined as the blond in cornrows wearing a flesh colored swimsuit and running, in slow motion, across a beach in the movie ’10.’ The image is further enshrined in a movie poster.
And, so many years later, the subject of aging is a foremost topic in her interview with Ben Tracy on CBS Sunday Morning. She said, “I realize how artificial it is, beauty. I realize that it doesn’t last forever, that’s for damn sure.”
She went on to say, “Aging is really hard. And it’s tough. Bette Davis was right; it’s not for sissies, it really isn’t.”
She also opened up about her choice to not undergo plastic surgery, saying, “And there is a certain expectation. I get credit on one hand for not having had a facelift, and then on the other hand it’s, ‘Oh my God, why doesn’t she do something?’ So you’re just torn. I just have to keep busy, have other interests, and try not to think about it.”
She was also asked about her marriage to director John Derek, whom she met when she was 17 and he was nearly 30 years older and married to Linda Evans. The two created a scandal in those days when they married. She said of the 22-year-marriage which ended only with his death in 1998, “Why does any marriage work? First, I think, for me our marriage worked because I loved him, he loved me. Although he was 46, he was still growing, too. I think we took it day-to-day. I don’t think we expected it to last, either.”
In recent years, she has been with her longtime boyfriend, actor John Corbett. Together for 13 years, the couple shares a 110-acre horse ranch in Santa Ynez Valley in California.
She was also asked about her subsequent movie career in which she never repeated the zenith of ’10,’ and was seen in such cult classics as “Tarzan, the Ape Man” and “Bolero.” Noting that it was her choice to take on these roles which exploited her sex symbol status, she said she had made the right choice, “Not in terms of being a star, not in terms of winning an award. But I had a blast. And anything I wanted to do, someone would finance.”
She went on to say, “I’m not complaining because what I did as soon as I became famous is, I objectified myself. I thought, ‘Well, if this is what it is, I’m going to do it.'”
She explained that she herself had a role in crafting her own image in the movies her late husband and she co-produced. She said, “I created my own posters, I made my own movies. I produced them. Maybe I could have gone out to prove, ‘Oh, I’m a real actress, I’m not a physical being.’ But I pretty much exploited myself, too, at the same time.”
Now years later, she’ll be gracing the small screen in Syfy Channel’s “Sharknado 3,” portraying the mother of Tara Reid’s character April Wexler.
Asked what it was like to return to acting she said, “It wasn’t really acting” and went on to say, “No, this was ‘Okay, look over your left shoulder. There’s a shark coming!’ You know, there are a lot of these! But being on a set, I love the business, I love the film business. And it’s always been good to me.”
She may indeed give us another pop cultural moment in “Sharknado 3,” as the highly anticipated third installment in the franchise — and social media phenomena — hits the small screen on July 22nd.
Watch the full interview video as Bo Derek talks aging, reflects upon her ’10’ legacy and more!
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